To reduce the risk to you and everyone else attending the event, we are asking all attendees and staff for proof of full vaccination or proof of a negative Lateral Flow test before they access the venue. This is in line with current guidance and is subject to change. We also advise attendees to use the NHS COVID-19 App.


We ask that anyone who is displaying symptoms of COVID-19, has been asked to self-isolate or lives with someone who has COVID-19 symptoms DOES NOT attend the Awards. Please note that we have a no cancellation policy and we do not provide refunds if guests are no longer able to attend the event. If you are unable to attend due to testing positive for COVID, or you are self-isolating then you may nominate an alternative person from your organisation to attend in your place. All substitutions must be received in writing to up to 12 hours before the event.

Proof of full vaccination

Both doses received at least 14 days prior to the event doors opening. It must be demonstrated via your NHS COVID Pass on the NHS App, your vaccination card will not be accepted.  Follow these instructions on the NHS website to get your pass. Please ensure your pass is up to date and ready to show at the entrance by refreshing on the day of the event prior to arriving.

- If you need help using your NHS App to gain your Covid Pass, watch this helpful quick video.

If you would prefer not to use the app or don’t have a smartphone you can obtain a NHS COVID-19 Pass letter (proving vaccination status only) by calling 119 or visiting the NHS website.

Or a negative Lateral Flow test

On the NHS Covid Pass on the NHS App, or a text message or email from NHS presented on your mobile device. The test needs to be taken within 48 hours of the time the event doors open (meaning between 6:45pm on Tuesday 2nd November 2021 and 6:45pm on Thursday 4th November 2021)

Steps for how to prepare and register your Lateral flow test:
All tests will be self-administered and free of charge. You can order your Lateral Flow test for home delivery here. Please note it may take a few days for the tests to arrive, so we recommend ordering the tests at least a week in advance.  Or you can collect a test pack from a test collection point near you. Find where to get a Lateral Flow test here.

Your Lateral Flow test result needs to be uploaded using the NHS Public Reporting Tool.

You must show proof of your negative test result by presenting the NHS text or NHS email or your NHS COVID Pass on the NHS App on your mobile device to one of the Covid-19 stewards in order to enter the venue. Only original copies of the email or text will be accepted, other forms of documentation such as photos of test results will not be deemed valid.

Staying safe


If you or someone in your household has any of the advised COVID-19 symptoms please do not attend the venue and follow Government guidelines.


Hand sanitiser stations will be widely distributed throughout the venue and on all Awards tables. 


We ask that visitors pay attention to venue guidance and directional signage. 


Face coverings will not be a requirement at the event, however, if you will feel more comfortable you are welcome to wear one. 



The NHS COVID-19 app, which is available to download for free in England and Wales, is the fastest way to see if you’re at risk from COVID-19. The faster you know, the quicker you can alert and protect your loved ones and community.


When can I take my Lateral Flow test for the What Hi-Fi? Awards?
Between 6:45pm on Tuesday 2nd November 2021 and 6:45pm on Thursday 4th November 2021. Tests taken outside of this period will not be valid for entry.

What should attendees do if they have a positive test?
A positive result from a Lateral Flow test means that it’s likely that you had COVID-19 when the test was done. Attendees and anyone they live with must not attend the event and self-isolate immediately. You are advised to get a home PCR test to confirm their result as soon as possible.

What if I don’t have a smartphone to display my proof of a negative test result on?
Your negative Lateral Flow test can be emailed to your email address and printed off as a pdf and you can bring the printed copy with you to the event. This is the only form of documentation other than the NHS Covid Pass, NHS text or NHS email presented on your mobile device that will be accepted. 

What if I don’t have a smartphone to display my proof of double vaccination on?
If you don’t have a smartphone you can obtain a NHS COVID-19 Pass letter (proving vaccination status only) by calling 119 or visiting the NHS website.

If I’m double vaccinated can I bring my vaccination card to the event?
Vaccination cards will not be accepted. Guests must provide proof of vaccination status on your NHS Covid Pass on your NHS app. 

What happens if someone doesn’t show proof of a negative Lateral Flow test or double vaccination at entry?
They will be denied entry. Proof of full vaccination or proof of a negative Lateral Flow test will be required.